Friday Two Cents: Worlds Created In My Imagination


 

‘Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.’ Vincent Van Gogh

‘The painter has the universe in his mind and hands.’ Leonardo Da Vinci

 

Last week I took a mini vacation about 1½ hours car ride north of Toronto, to a small city called Midland. I went to clear my head, cleanse my soul and hopefully to get inspired. I love going to that area since I was a child. Many people have cottages in the area and it is far enough from any major city to make you appreciate nature and what this country has.

Many of my friends and family always say, “Why are you going up there alone? Won’t you get bored?” I tell them that I need to get away and be alone with my own thoughts. I tell them I love the area and I always bring up my art supplies so I can have nature inspire me. This trip was no exception.

Once I begin my day I usually get into a routine. Even on vacation I have a routine and I find that it helps to get my creative juices flowing. I go for a walk every morning along the waterfront. Even in Toronto I go for a 5 km walk along the lakefront while I listen to some music. I find that centres me and I can let the creativity flow after. In Midland there was no exception. They have a quaint waterfront with many small boats and beautiful green paths.

Yet as beautiful as these scenes are I find myself losing myself in thought. The world around me drops away and is replaced with worlds created in my imagination. I find it a great way to focus the mind. And from these imaginations I was able to create art from glimpses into those worlds.

For me this trip away from the noisy city was exactly what I needed to clear my mind and soul. To look within and what came out where creations from my imagination. Below you can see a few images I created from those imaginings. For when I looked into my soul I found a universe of endless possibilities.  

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Art Inspiration: Pastel Hearts


 

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  For my 250th post I would like to share one of my lesson plans I did during my practicum.  They are the younger primary but I wanted to do something that was different and challenging with them. I got a suggestion to use different drawing mediums such as pastels. It was near Valentines Day and so I decided to incorporate a lesson with warm and cool colours. Below are the learning goal, what I want them to learn and the steps to be taken for the lesson.

 

Learning Goal (student perspective): I want to learn to use warm and cool colours to create a drawing with pastels. I want to use the warm and cool colours to make the areas I colour look different.

(Student perspective) I am successful when I can …

“use only warm colours in one area and cool colours in the other.”

“draw different wavy horizontal and vertical lines to make sections that I can colour.”

‘trace the heart shape to have different areas for warm and cool colours.”

Resources/Materials:

Craft Supplies – pastels, construction paper, desk covers, pencils, three heart-shaped tracers

iPad – with the PowerPoint of the lesson

Minds On: How will I engage the learner?

Use the puppet George to ask them about warm and cool colours. Have George show images of warm and cool colours in the iPad. Have George show his drawing and ask the students to see the warm and cool colours.

Action: Step-by-Step

  1. Draw three horizontal wavy lines going from one end of the paper to the other.      
  2. Draw three vertical wavy lines going from one end of the paper to the other.
  3. Trace a heart using one of the heart stencils.
  4. Decide if you are going to colour the inside of the heart using warm or cool colours. Colour the outside of the heart with the opposite.
  5. Colour between the lines using warm or cool coloured pastels.
  6. After you colour the entire page trace over the lines using a dark colour (black)

 

Below is the PDF Presentation I used with the students.

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I hope you enjoy the examples below.

 

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